"No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."
-Joseph Smith Jr.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Double stuffed conversion
Ive been in Mexico for over a month now, supposedly doing
mission work, yet I havent mentioned anything about our investigatores.
For all you know, I could have been down here for the past few weeks
spending everyday eating tortillas and enchiladas. Well I am proud to set
the record straight and let you know that I have been working. And to
prove it, I will now introduce to you my first baptisms!!!!!
We had our first lesson with Claudia and Susana Montes my
third day in Mexico. They were a reference from their brother who has
been a member for a few years now. He has always tried to get them to
take the missionary lessons but they have never been interested. However,
a week before I arrived they attended a Christmas concert put on by the
missionaries, felt the Spirit, and decided that they wanted to know more.
It has been so neat to be able to see every step of their
progression, from lesson one and the First Vision, to attending church, and
that lovely moment talking about the Law of Chastity. They have been so
accepting of it all, it made me wonder a few times if they really were gaining
testimonies or just said yes to things to make us happy. But we had their
baptisms last Saturday and let me tell you, we had lots of apprehensions about
how everything would work out. One of the obstacles was finding white
clothes that would fit them (they have a lot of personality and therefore need
a lot of... body to keep it all contained). But everything at the baptism
went smoothly. The Spirit was strong, and I could see tears in their
eyes. The best part was hearing Claudias closing prayer. It was so
plain, but very sincere and just PERFECT!! And hearing their thoughts on
how they felt afterwards just made my week... which actually was horrible
Hermana Torres, Claudia, Susana, and me.
They are the kindest most friendly ladies ever.
Every time we visit they give us food, health tips, presents for
Christmas. We really are their friends... actually, more like daughters.
I especially love them for how they have treated me and my language
handicap. When I teach they focus on what im trying to say instead of how
I sound. If I make a mistake they lovingly help me correct it and we
continue with the lesson.
We always joke around with them, even with my messed up
Spanish, but its still fun. One of their favorite things to tease me
about (especially after teaching the law of chastity) is that right after my
mission I will go to Spain or Paris and get married quick as lighting... I dont
fully understand what makes them think that but I roll with the punches.
People keep congratulating me on my first baptisms,but they
dont feel like mine at all. Well, they werent. I was just lucky
enough to be alongside them and watch the process. And I am so excited to
continue to see them grow and learn in the church.
The work is moving forward people. Its exciting, its
hard, its love. Do what you can to help it and I promise you will see the